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ERIC Number: EJ807072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Leadership, Development and Diversity: In the Learning and Skills Sector in England
Lumby, Jacky
Management in Education, v19 n3 p33-38 2005
The White Paper Success for All set out a vision to transform post compulsory education in the United Kingdom. A key theme was "Developing the leaders, teachers, trainers and support staff of the future," reflecting a belief that leadership is one of the key elements in achieving the national vision. Alongside this positive affirmation of the worth of leadership, Oftsed/ALI inspections have echoed criticisms which have been made since the incorporation of colleges in 1993, that there are weaknesses in the leadership and management of the sector (then Secretary of State for Education). Certainly leadership within the Learning and Skills Sector (LSS) has never been more demanding. It must work in partnership with a wide range of other players, in more diverse contexts with a wider range of learners than has previously been the case, with varied demands relating to both business acumen and aspirations for social justice. There is however relatively little evidence to inform the development of leadership practice. While some notable work has been done in the sector, the breadth and depth of research does not compare with that conducted in relation to schools or to business and industry. There is an urgent need to extend the range, depth and quality of evidence to inform the practice of leadership and the processes of developing leaders. In response, the Learning and Skills Research Centre commissioned research in a series of work packages conceived as sequentially building on each other. The research reported in this article is the second and third work packages. Simultaneously, the issue of diversity in leadership (third work package) was addressed in a holistic way, avoiding the usual discrete consideration of leadership and diversity as somehow two separate and divorced issues. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)